I received this new book in the mail:
Peter T. O'Brien. God Has Spoken in His Son: A Biblical Theology of Hebrews. Apollos/InterVarsity Press, 2016.
"Hebrews is one of the most attractive and powerful yet challenging books
of the New Testament. It begins with a magnificent presentation of
Jesus as the divine Son through whom God has spoken his final word (Heb.
1:1-4). These opening lines set the trajectory for the whole discourse.
polished literary character of Hebrews and its careful exposition of
the superiority of Christ, the Son of God and great high priest led
earlier generations to conclude that it was mainly or simply a
theological treatise. However, particularly in the last three decades,
its purpose has been understood as hortatory; this is made clear by the
exhortatory passages that flow from, and are grounded in, the
expositions that appear throughout the discourse.
excellent, cohesive exposition of Hebrews examines the major
interlocking themes highlighted by the author as he addresses his 'word
of exhortation' (13:22) to the congregation. These themes include God
speaking, Christology, salvation, the people of God, and warnings and
In this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume,
O'Brien shows how Hebrews employs profoundly rich theology to serve the
didactic, hortatory and pastoral goals of urging the hearers to endure
in their pursuit of the promised reward, in obedience to the word of God
and especially on the basis of their new covenant relationship with the
Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works
comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to
help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is
edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify,
to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead."